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Jason and the Scorchers – Oran Mor, Glasgow

On the first night of the Glasgow Americana Festival, the organisers Fallen Angels Club, have pulled off something of a coup. Jason And The Scorchers are celebrating their 30th year with a tour and tonight’s packed audience are in for a treat.  Continue reading

Dan Stuart-The Deliverance Of Marlowe Billings

Howlin’ Whippet welcomes back a lost treasure.

Dan Stuart, former frontman and main songwriter with alt. country/Americana legends Green On Red has been off the radar for some time now. His last foray into the ether was his Danny And Dusty collaboration with Steve Wynn of The Dream Syndicate in 2007.

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Buffalo Killers – Dig. Sow. Love. Grow.

Buffalo KillersDig. Sow. Love. Grow. (Alive Natural Sound, August, 2012)

Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, Buffalo Killers have been trading their swampy, smoky sound for several years now. Having their last release produced by Black Key Dan Auerbach did them no harm and they’ve collaborated with Black Crowe Chris Robinson and Kelly Deal from The Breeders in the recent past.

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The 5 best albums of 2011 – The War on Drugs

Mixing the traditional sounds of Americana with the hypnotic drone of Krautrock isn’t a new trick – as anyone who has listened to A Ghost is Born by Wilco can testify – but it can be a very satisfying one when done well. And few have done it as well as The War on Drugs manage on Slave Ambient. Conjuring up low-slung ambient grooves and mixing them with a heady blend of vocals and imagery that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Tom Petty album, Adam Granduciel and company created some of 2011s most extraordinary music.

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The 5 best albums of 2011 – Kurt Vile

You hear the name ‘Kurt Vile’, you think punk. Don’t worry, it’s natural. And while there’s no doubt that the ethos of US lo-fi is never far away from the heart of the Philadelphia native, his music is so much more colourfully melancholic than a stage name like that suggests. And here’s the first surprise; it is actually his real name. Uh-huh, oh yeah.

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Whippet Out – Richmond Fontaine, Amsterdam

Sometimes, a 21st Century Rock and Roll preacher has to visit Amsterdam for some cultural immersion. Well, that’s what Howlin’ Whippet told us anyway. While he was there he decided to catch one of Americana’s finest at work. 

Celebrating the Whippet birthday in Amsterdam gave me an excuse to check out Richmond Fontaine, whom I’d missed at Stereo, Glasgow, due to the old five-week-month cash flow problem.

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Weekly what’s new – The Low Anthem

The Low Anthem really snuck up on us here at ELM. We started off thinking their 2009 debut Oh My God, Charlie Darwin was a nothing more than a decent slice of harmonius Americana. But, however, we ended it realising it was an absolute corker of a 33, as no-one calls them anymore. They return with new single ‘Boeing 737’ and we’re awfully excited.